California QB/ATH Likes Irish

Irisheyes recently caught up with California quarterback/athlete Kellen Moriarty, son of former Notre Dame great Larry Moriarty, to get an update on recruiting. Have the Irish stayed in contact? Is he still planning to camp at Notre Dame?

Notre Dame fans should be interested in Kellen's bloodlines. Kellen's father Larry was the starting fullback for Notre Dame in the early 80's before being drafted by the Houston Oilers in 1983.

The ND ties don't end there. His uncle, Kerry Moriarty, was a walk-on player for the Irish in the late 70's and his grandfather also attended Notre Dame. Former Irish great Greg Bell lives down the street and is a close friend of the family. As if it weren't already over the top, Kellen is friends with Terrail Lambert, whom he played against last season and whom he plans to possibly work out with this summer.

Is it safe to say he's getting the full-court press for the Irish on the home front? "Yeah, obviously my family wants me to go to Notre Dame…Greg Bell lives less than a mile away and he's always talking about Notre Dame."

Did he grow up an Irish fan? "I've been a Notre Dame fan my whole life."

Has Notre Dame been keeping in contact? "Yeah, I just got a handwritten letter from Coach Diedrick saying that they would be coming out to visit on May 28…Texas already came to my school and they seem like they're close to offering."

Kellen should have a busy summer. He's planning on attending camps at Notre Dame, Miami and Texas. As an Elite 11 ball boy last year, he has a very strong chance of being invited to the Elite 11 quarterback camp this year. He's scheduled to meet with Tom Lemming on Memorial Day weekend for a photo shoot with the top 30 players in California…as Lemming continues to evaluate the country's top prospects for the U.S. Army All-Star Game.

At 6-0 and 195 pounds, schools may be concerned with his size at the quarterback position. Does he think schools are concerned about his size? "Yeah, I guess a lot of schools want the 6-5, 230-pound drop-back passer type, which is fine, but you don't need to be 6-5 to pass the football. Plus, those guys don't have some of the other skills that I bring to the table."

And bring them he does--Moriarty rushed for more than 560 yards in 11 games for Dos Pueblos High School (Santa Barbara) last season. In the passing game, Moriarty completed 171 passes on 299 attempts for 2,399 yards and 20 touchdowns against 8 interceptions.

At a recent NIKE combine, Moriarty clocked a 4.4 in the forty (third fastest time at the combine) and a 3.87 shuttle (fastest at the combine). He bench presses 295 lbs., squats 405 lbs. and has 33 inch vertical leap.

With those numbers, Moriarty certainly warrants attention as an athlete and not just a quarterback. Does he care what position he plays in college? "I think I can play quarterback. However, the bottom line is that I just want to play and contribute, whether it's at quarterback, defensive back or wherever."

Kellen's top 3 schools right now are Notre Dame, Texas and Miami.

COMMENTS: Kellen was a pleasure to speak with. He's certainly high on the Irish. Texas and Miami are recruiting him hard. It's great that he's willing to be flexible with regard to the quarterback/db position switch in college. Look for the Irish to be in excellent shape should they choose to offer this versatile athlete.


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